American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

I’m looking into an eyelid surgery and came across the term blepharoplasty.

Question: Please explain a blepharoplasty procedure?

Answer: Blepharoplasty is the medical term for cosmetic eyelid surgery.  The term describes many different techniques that can be done to improve the aging eyelid appearance in order to make the eyes appear more rejuvenated and youthful.  The major method for blepharoplasty is simply put removing redundant, extra eyelid skin that appears hooded or crepey and that can hang unattractively over the eye.  Sometimes there can also be extra fat that is protruding out, and some surgeons also remove some extra fat during a blepharoplasty.

Other procedures can be combined with blepharoplasty like a browlift for example.  Browlifting, which also can be done by many different methods, is used to lift a sagging brow that could be part of the problem.  Today, more surgeons are recognizing that eyelid aging can be reflective of loss of volume like loss of fat around the eyes.  So some surgeons are putting fat back around the eyes instead of a blepharoplasty or in combination with a blepharoplasty.  In lieu of fat grafting, some surgeons can also put different types of off-the-shelve fillers/injectaables as a substitute for fat.